Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae

815 Scrobipalpa nitentella (Fuchs, 1902)

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Food Plant:  Chenopodium spp. (Goosefoot), Sueda maritima (Annual sea-blite), Atriplex portulacoides (Sea purslane), Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved orache), Atriplex hastata (Hastate orache), Salicornia europaea (Common glasswort)

Mine: September - October

Pupa: Makes a cocoon of sand grains and detritus

Notes: The larva illustrated has left its mine to feed amongst the spun seed heads. Details of the abdominal legs are also shown.

Image: Willem Ellis

Data: 26.ix.04, Hayling Island, Hants, VC12